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Will Super Judah Take Down King Khan?




By Sean Wippert: It’s difficult for those who have watched Zab “Super” Judah over the years to look past the best and worst of his career. In many ways these extremes have been his calling card of sorts as he has either been the destroyer of worlds, or the wreckage in another fighters wake. No matter how you look at it, he is one of boxing’s most polarizing figures and has been one for sometime now.

Even with an impressive record of 41-6 with 28 knockouts, Judah at best has always been a difficult fighter to gauge. He has sported flashes of lightning fast hands, blistering footwork and a brutal knockout power against some of the best in the business including Floyd Mayweather Jr. These bursts of greatness, however, have been tempered with Zab’s infrequent inability to posses long term stamina and sometimes questionable chin as seen in his bouts against Miguel Cotto and Kostya Tszyu. This unique collection of attributes has come to make him one of boxing’s true enigmas.

While his bouts with the elite have been less than favorable, he has been none the less determined, always carrying a “Never Say Die” attitude. Proof of this mentality has been seen in his recent string of wins following his brutal 11th round defeat at the hands of Miguel Cotto. A now resurgent Judah stands ready to take yet another shot at reinstating his name as one of boxing’s best. However, this will be a feat not easily attained if his opponent, WBA junior welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan has anything to say about it.

Khan is a man who has quietly and methodically climbed his way to the top of the junior welterweight division. His use of a deceptively fast attack and exceptionally accurate punch has garnered him the WBA junior welterweight title. His talents have recently rewarded him with an 11th round stoppage of top ranked contender Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi as well as a win over Marcos Maidana, a bout many in the sport labeled a 2010 fight of the year candidate. Khan not only displayed an incredible amount of heart in his bout with Maidana, but a chin of solid granite.

While he may not be near as flashy as his opponent, Khan has managed to gain a nearly flawless record of 25-1 with 17 wins coming from knockouts. Adding to his potential for a win against Judah is who stands in his corner, Freddie Roach. Roach, the legendary trainer who has mentored numerous world champions has been with Khan since 2008. In that time, Khan has slowly become one the sport’s more noteworthy fighters within the 140lbs division.


In looking at the bigger picture, many have come to criticize Khan for one major flaw regarding his record, which until recently carried a lack of major names. While he has taken down Maidana, Malignaggi, Paul McClosky and even Marco Antonio Barrera, many still wonder if has what it takes to beat a fighter of Judah’s skill level. The flaw I see, however, isn’t in name recognition; it’s in the similarities of the only man to beat Khan and the man he will face July 23rd.

Back in 2008, Khan gained his only loss against a fighter named Breidis Prescott. To call it a loss would be a bit of an understatement as Khan was effectively dispatched at the 0:54 mark of the very first round with a nasty set of counter lefts hooks. Both Prescott and Judah are counter punchers by nature, a fact that could make Khan’s jab attack a liability. Additionally both fighters knockout wins have come as a result of early offense, something that Khan may not be completely prepared to answer.

The big question about this fight seems then is if the speedy Judah can take out a much more disciplined Khan? If that answer comes in the early rounds, Judah may take home a win and a possible fight against top ranked Timothy Bradley. If, however, the rounds tick off into the double digits before an answer arrives, it may be Khan in the upset win of his career. Either way this fight has the potential to be one of the better fights of 2011, and one that could potentially deliver Timothy Bradley’s next opponent.

July 14, 2011



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